Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
This is the message from the Lord God.
“Pay close attention now:
I’m creating new heavens and a new earth.
All the earlier troubles, chaos, and pain
are things of the past, to be forgotten.
Look ahead with joy.
Look forward to what I’m creating:
create my people as pure delight.
No more sounds of weeping in the city,
no cries of anguish;
No more babies dying in the cradle,
or old people who don’t enjoy a full lifetime;
One-hundredth birthdays will be considered normal—
anything less will seem like a cheat.
They’ll build houses
and move in.
They’ll plant fields
and eat what they grow.
They’ll have satisfaction in their work.
They won’t work and have nothing come of it,
For my people will be as long-lived as trees,
for they themselves are plantings blessed by God,
with their children and grandchildren likewise God-blessed.
Wolf and lamb will graze the same meadow,
lion and ox eat straw from the same trough,
but snakes—they’ll get a diet of dirt!
Neither animal nor human will hurt or kill
anywhere on my
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me
to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
Colin spoke of his year of office as Mayor, of the delight he has taken in meeting so many people doing all sorts of things to make Cheltenham a better place. It's remarkable to see just how many people do so many things throughout the town to make Cheltenham the place it is. Colin has been a councillor since 1981 and has served on the County Council for a good number of years, being made an honorary alderman - it was good to welcome him and to take the opportunity to thank him for his service.
He answered questions and spoke of the valued place of education in the town, the role of so many organisations. In his year of office he has chosen three charities to support. He explained his support for the Oakley project that he is supporting and the work it does in Colin's own ward of Whaddon, now an area of Cheltenham with one of the lowest reported crime rates. He was also supporting the Art Gallery and Museum currently undergoing a very significant re-build and re-furbishment progrramme: Colin spoke of the significant contribution it makes as the cultural centre of a town that takes a pride in nurturing cultural events. He looked forward to a number of regeneration projects going on in the town that will give it a new lease of life. The third of his charities is the one we will be supporting next month - Severn Freewheelers
We support a charity each month – this month we have been supporting the Glos and Worcs 4x4 response – a timely thing to support getting nurses to and fro the hospitals of the county – especially from the Cotswolds, the